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Tuesday 19 Mar 2013
 
Shifting shapes 
 
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21/05/13 Peter Boyle, Carbondale
Nice integration of green technology, and not remotely shy even though anything considered green nowadays is a hotly debatable topic and open to controversy. Everybody seems to have an idea of what green should and shouldn't be! Dare I say it's a practical answer, especially for a high-end house. Look forward to seeing it built, hope they get their chance, nice effort nonetheless!
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11/05/13 Jim, Boyd
This very well may be what an integrated wind house should look like or at least is one very interesting alternative. The "wind mill" brought into the 21st century! It's also an interesting demographic that it's catering to...somebody has got to do it, and it's good to see some attention given to this class of home. The shape shifting walls was a surprise....overall a pretty nice approach.
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22/03/13 ibs Young, Sidney
Wow Todd!! I just put this article on my Facebook so maybe you will get some comments from Sidney folks. That looks pretty darn complicated to me but all you techies of today could probably operate it. Good luck. Ibs
 

Editorial

Architects behind concept for a continually shifting home seek funding for realisation 


Todd Fix of FIXd Architecture/Design has shared the firm's ambitious concept design for a luxury zero-energy home with WAN. The project is yet to move past the concept stage however the team are looking to press on with the construction of their first Mo Ventus House and are currently seeking financial backing.

At the core of this bold design is a highly-flexible and transformative shell where the walls of the main living room and home-office can be shifted throughout the day to cater to the needs of residents. The wall panels are large composite retractable screens and insulated shells which ride on tracks so that the interiors can be flooded with light through open glass, dappled with shade through patterned screens, or bathed in shadow when the opaque walls are in position.

These walls also support another key component of this house - its sustainability factor. The screens allow for the micro-management of day-lighting and heat gain while the basic architectural design looks to exploit the topography of the location as wind and sunlight are destined to be the major energy contributors to the residence.

The architectural team behind the design explain: “This house is organised so as to embrace and utilise the features of a unique landscape and dramatic sloping site. The topographically integrated cup or curved form is sited towards prevailing winds and is designed to increase by five-fold the wind speed and resultant energy. The resultant wind-produced energy is stored via hydrogen fuel cells on site for later use.”

Sian Disson
News Editor

 

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